Modern energy solutions for home systems and appliances make it possible to improve your home comfort levels while minimizing your expenses in operating these systems. Federal energy tax credits for efficient equipment can add to the interest in upgrading, enabling consumers to recover some of their costs. Both boilers and water heaters can qualify for the credit, and both may be able to address household heating and hot water supply needs. However, environmental conditions can play an important role in deciding on the best option.
How a Boiler Works
A boiler uses either oil, gas or electricity to create heat. As water passes through the heat exchanger, it absorbs heat that will be carried through radiant heat tubing or pipes to various parts of your home. Water pumps are used to move the water through the system. Boilers are able to reach high temperatures, allowing for excellent space heating results in a residence.
How Hot Water Heaters Work
A hot water heater uses a heating source to raise the temperature of tap water in a tank. As the water is needed, it moves through the home via the plumbing system. There are various types of water heaters based on different fuels and storage methods. Gas and electricity are the most common fuels for heating household water supplies. Tankless water heaters have become popular as energy efficient options that require less space. These units heat water on demand, while traditional units heat and store a supply of hot water.
Using a Boiler to Heat Household Water
If you are thinking about the possibility of maximizing home performance and streamlining equipment by using a boiler for both space heating and your home’s hot water supply, then you need components that will work together. An indirect water heater includes coils for heated water from the radiator to move through the tank, allowing heat transfer between the boiler water and tap water without a mingling of the water supplies. The system must be rated for such use because of health issues with the two water supplies being in close contact. The best time to install your indirect water heater is during the installation of a compatible boiler.
Using a Water Heater for Household Space Heating
It is also possible to supply your home’s radiant heating or radiator system with hot water from a water heater. It’s important to note that a high-efficiency unit designed for this purpose must be used. It’s also important to recognize that hot water heaters don’t reach the same heating levels that radiators can achieve. This limits the benefits in harsh winter climates like that of Skokie, IL. Use of a water heater for a home’s radiant heating needs is better suited to mild climates.
Work with Your HVAC Contractor
Whether you are just beginning to research the options or whether you are currently faced with the need to update your home’s heating system or hot water heater, you can contact the experts at Gartner Heating & Cooling to assess the best services and equipment for your home.